224-0059/02 – Civil Engineering Geology (SG)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Geotechnics and Underground EngineeringCredits6
Subject guarantordoc. RNDr. Pavel Pospíšil, Ph.D.Subject version guarantordoc. RNDr. Pavel Pospíšil, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageEnglish
Year of introduction2019/2020Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesFASTIntended for study typesBachelor
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POS0046 doc. RNDr. Pavel Pospíšil, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 2+2
Part-time Credit and Examination 16+0

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

Aims of the subject are: - to educate students in description and determination of basic types of soils and rocks - understanding of rock cycle and principles of rock mass formation - increase knowledge about endogenous and exogeneous processes and their impact on properties and behaviour of soils and rocks - to explain basic principles of investigation of foundation soil.

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Civil Engineering geology describes the rock environment that forms the foundation for construction and also provides materials usable directly in the building construction or for the preparation of building materials. The formation of the rock environment and its material composition and structure are in relation to the processes, which they created and which subsequently influence them. Students will learn to identify basic types of rocks, to describe the properties and behavior of different types of rock environment in relation to its genesis, which are the basis for understanding the interaction between the building structure and the soil. Knowledge of essential endogenous and exogenous processes affecting rock masses will enable students to predict its properties and behavior in the future. An integral part of building geology is the basal identification of the surface and groundwater regime and its influence on the properties and behavior of the rock mass and rock massifs. To properly assess the suitability of the rock environment for construction, students need to learn to use all the information sources about the rock environment - foundation soil. Students will learn to use these resources as part of practical exercises. An introduction to the regional knowledge of the geological structure of the Czech Republic is also part of the teaching.

Compulsory literature:

Matthews, Marcus Simons, Noel Menzies, Bruce. (2008). Short Course in Geology for Civil Engineers. ICE Publishing. Online version available at: https://app.knovel.com/hotlink/toc/id:kpSCGCE006/short-course-in-geology/short-course-in-geology

Recommended literature:

Norbury, David. (2016). Soil and Rock Description in Engineering Practice (2nd Edition). Whittles Publishing. Online version available at: https://app.knovel.com/hotlink/toc/id:kpSRDEPE07/soil-rock-description/soil-rock-description

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester


Other requirements

There are no requirements for students


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

Lectures: 1) Geology and its role in engineering practice 2) Structure of the Earth and the earth's crust - the orogin of rocks and minerals nad their classification 3) Properties of rocks and soils and their behaviour (interaction) with various engineering workings 4) Endogeneous processes 5) Exogeneous processes 6) Impact of endo- and exogeneous processes on rock environment and structures 7) Terrain relief and its development in time 8) Fundamental information about hydrogeology and influence of water on rock, soil and artificial material properties and behaviour 9) Investigation of rock environment 10) Basics of regional geology of the Czech republic 11) Application of rocks as building and ornamental stones in architecture Practical training: Rock forming minerals, igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks, metamorphic rocks, assessment of discontinuities in rock mass, design and realization of investigation of foundation sooil within the 1. geotechnical category.

Conditions for subject completion

Part-time form (validity from: 2019/2020 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of pointsMax. počet pokusů
Credit and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Credit Credit 33  18
        Examination Examination 67  33 3
Mandatory attendence participation: 1) The student must demonstrate the ability to independently describe and classify basic types of rocks. 2) The student must meet the conditions of the theoretical test set by the teacher. 3) The student must defend the seminar work in the team. 4) The student must pass the exam.

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Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeField of studySpec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2022/2023 (B0732A260002) Civil Engineering P English Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2022/2023 (B0732A260002) Civil Engineering K English Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2021/2022 (B0732A260002) Civil Engineering P English Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2021/2022 (B0732A260002) Civil Engineering K English Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2020/2021 (B0732A260002) Civil Engineering P English Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2020/2021 (B0732A260002) Civil Engineering K English Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2019/2020 (B0732A260002) Civil Engineering P English Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2019/2020 (B0732A260002) Civil Engineering K English Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan

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